Foundation Grants and Awards

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation has made the following Grants and Awards in furtherance of its mission and its Quest For The Test™:

1) To the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard) (five annual grants) to co-sponsor the Annual Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Conference (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), attended by researchers, scientists and clinicians from around the world;

2) To the University of Chicago - Department of Human Genetics (two annual grants) to support their research in bioinformatics and human genetics in the search for a predictor of Bipolar Disorder;

3) To the University of Pittsburgh Medical School to support the Key Study of the genetic risk to children of parents with Bipolar Disorder (2009), and A Pilot Study of Sleep, Neural Circuitry and Vulnerability to Bipolar Disorder in Youth (2012); 

4) To the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to establish a Quest For The Test™ Pilot Research Award for a Young Investigator in Bipolar Disorder;

5) To Dr. Harold Koplewicz of the Child Mind Institute and his team at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research researching an early predictor of Bipolar Disorder through analysis of resting-state fMRIs;

6) To the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine - Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) to educate high school students, their parents and their teachers about Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Suicide, and to help reduce the stigma associated with these illnesses. The Foundation Awards have supported this program in the State of Delaware (2008), in Chicago (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) in collaboration with The Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation and in Palm Beach County, Florida (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017). For more information about ADAP click here;

7) To the International Society For Bipolar Disorders to be a sponsor of the biennial Conference of the International Society For Bipolar Disorders, attended by researchers, scientists and clinicians from around the world (June 2013 and June 2015);

8) To the Massachusetts General Hospital to support Rakesh Karmacharya, MD, Ph.D.’s research to discover Bipolar Disorder-specific metabolite patterns and profiles from fibroblasts with a focus on the development of biomarkers for the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (2013 and 2015-2016);

9) To Northwestern University - Department of Psychology for a Quest For The Test™ Young Investigator Pilot Research Grant to Robin Nusslock, Ph.D., to support his Reward-Related Brain Activity in Bipolar Disorder Study toward an empirical, biomarker of risk for Bipolar Disorder (October 2013);

10) To Northwestern University - Department of Psychiatry Independent Investigator Grant to Robin Nusslock, Ph.D. to support his “Multi-Modal Investigation of Reward-Related Brain Function and Bipolar Symptoms” to determine whether profiles of reward-related brain function may serve as an empirical biomarker or “test” for Bipolar Disorder (July 2014).

11) To The School District of Palm Beach County to sponsor the Annual Student Mental Health & Wellness Conference (June 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). 

12) To Rush University Medical Center - Department of Psychiatry and Diagnostic Radiology - Quest For The Test™ Research Grant to Christine Hooker, Ph.D. to fund a proof-of-concept study in Neuroplasticity-based computerized training to improve emotional regulation in early-onset Bipolar Disorder (Nov. 2016). 

13) To Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences to Jennifer Coughlin, MD to support her measurement of immune cell dysfunction and neuroinflammation in patients with Bipolar Disorder using radiotracer imaging agents that can be optimized and translated to clinical use in the form of a biomarker test (2018).

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